Series: Someone Wicked This Way Comes, Book Two
Author: DelSheree Gladden
Published: May 1st, 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count: 102,500
Genre: YA mature paranormal romance
Content Warning: Violence, minor language
Recommended Age: 17+
“Power is what he craves. He collects it so he can turn it into wicked glory, the glory of ruling everything and everyone.”
Vanessa and Zander Roth sit balanced on the edge of impending death and unthinkable power. The Eroi hunting them hide in the distance waiting for their chance to strike, but the Godlings who have taken over the Roths’ lives keep them at bay for now. Their protection is the one benefit to having them around.
Even though the Godling training that the arrogant and insufferable David provides Van and Zander is indeed improving their control, his methods are cruel and harsh. Van is barely able to restrain her anger when it comes to David. Zander, however, embraces the training because it is his only hope of redeeming himself after falling into Ivy’s trap and putting his family’s lives in danger.
In search of a distraction from everything Godling, Van focuses on the nagging feeling that something terrible is on the horizon. The intuition strengthens into frightening visions and leaves Van fearing the future. She is desperate to protect her brother, but with her sixteenth birthday looming and the eruption of the full strength of her hunger on its way, she has her own problems to deal with.
Redemption and protection both take a back seat when a shocking discovery puts everything they have worked for in jeopardy. The choice between safety and freedom has never been more important, and in the end…they may not have a choice at all.
“This isn’t something you can fix, Ketchup. You can’t make this decision for me.”
His brows pull together in confusion. “What decision?”
When I don’t answer, Ketchup leans back against the tree to give me some space. When
he speaks, he does so cautiously. “Whatever it is, Van, you can trust me. I’ve always been there
for you. I know you, who you are and what you are, and I didn’t run. I don’t care about all this
Godling stuff. I love you, and I’m ready to stand by you through whatever it brings.”
“I know,” I say tearfully, “and that’s what scares me.”
Ketchup looks up at me, more confused than ever. “What?”
A million fears cram into my mind. Everything I’ve been thinking for the last month all
wants to tumble out at the same time. My thoughts are begging to be heard, but letting them
escape is not easy. It takes me a moment to start talking.
“You’re not afraid of all of this,” I say slowly. “You accept the fact that I’m… whatever I
am. I’m dangerous. Being with me is a risk. I’m not even sure I’m completely human. You know
all of that, and you’re still willing to stay with me.”
“Yes,” Ketchup says, clearly not seeing the point.
A sad smile forms on my trembling lips. “What if learning to control my hunger changes
me? What if becoming a Godling turns me into something I don’t want to be?” The corners of
my mouth turn down. “You’ll either walk away to spare yourself from whatever I’ve become, or
you’ll stay because you love me… but I won’t be me anymore. I’ll be someone you never would
have loved if you hadn’t known me before. I know you’ll support me through my training with
the Godlings, but maybe that’s not a good thing.”
Ketchup’s head shakes back and forth slowly, but I know he understands what I’m saying.
I also know that he would never leave, and it hurts me so much to imagine him staying with me
when I’ve turned into whatever David wants me to become.
“Van,” Ketchup says slowly, “that’s not the only option. Nobody says you’ll become
anything other than who you are. You’re strong enough to stand against the changes they may try
to force on you.”
“I don’t know if I am,” I say. “It may not be an option. Becoming one of them might be the
price of control.”